About Arteamus

Arteamus was founded almost 20 years ago by former students of archaeology from the University of Sheffield.  In fact, its name reflects these beginnings as an abbreviation of ‘archaeological research team, University of Sheffield’.  As one founding member put it, ‘we have always seen ourselves as a sort of collective’.  Never allowing itself to become burdened with a sense of self-importance, the group has seen this as a strength over the years.

With few opportunities to engage in ‘hands-on’ archaeology in the region, the original aim was to support professional archaeologists by providing excavation support.  However, senior archaeologist John Barnatt of the Peak District National Park Authority suggested that the group might want to develop and run their own projects.

With this in mind and with support from John and David Crossley at the University, Arteamus became an organisation which has made a major contribution to archaeological research in and around the Peak District.  It is with warmth that the group salutes the contribution made by both these men.  Arteamus has also been supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, through which the team have been able to provide themselves with both technical and everyday equipment.

Arteamus has since completed a diverse range of archaeological projects.  These include a survey of England’s largest parish, fieldwalking over vast areas of the Peak District, the excavation of a Bronze-Age cemetery, ‘Arthur’s Cairn’ on Eyam Moor where a simple agricultural cairn was shown to be one of the earliest complex funerary monuments of the region, and much more.  Through the Stanlow excavation, Arteamus has also changed our understanding of Anglo-Saxon funerary practice of the Pecsaetna, the 'tribe' who once inhabited the Peak District and gave their name to it in the post-Roman period.

At present, the group is investigating an ancient farmstead at Broadgates, near Wirksworth and further projects are being developed which will keep the group busy over the coming years.  Excursions at home and abroad have also become a feature of the group’s activities, as well as talks and walks to widen interests and increase knowledge.  Arteamus maintains its commitment to enable a better public understanding of archaeology and the historic landscapes of the region.



   The name of the Group shall be Arteamus, hereafter referred to as the 'Group'.


  The objectives of the Group shall be:

  • To bring together individuals interested in the practice and study of archaeology.
  • To provide a mechanism for the identification and recording of new archaeological sites.
  • To provide a means for the exchange of information among professionals and amateurs.
  • To encourage the preservation of archaeological sites.
  • To disseminate knowledge through the publication of reports, journal articles and newsletters.
  • To establish an association with other organisations sharing similar or related objectives.


   The management of the Group shall be vested in a Committee composed of officers elected at a general meeting held each year. A record of the proceedings of any Committee meetings shall be made available to members at the earliest opportunity.


  The elected officers of the Group shall be the Chair, Treasurer, Secretary and Projects Officer. Other posts as deemed necessary to the functioning of the Group shall be created as circumstances arise.


  The annual subscription rate shall be recommended by the Committee and approved at the Annual General Meeting. The subscriptions shall fall due on the first day in September, payable on joining the Group within one-month pro-rata.

  The Group shall be a non-profit making concern and all funds of the Group shall be vested with the Treasurer who shall keep proper account of all receipts and payments. An account of the income and expenditure from all sources and the financial condition of the Group shall be presented at the Annual General Meeting. Group funds shall be held in a bank account, requiring the signatures of two designated Committee members for access.

  In the event of the dissolution of the Group for whatever reason any assets remaining after the satisfaction of any outstanding debts and liabilities shall be transferred to some other charitable or non-profit organisation having objectives similar to those of the Group. Liability

of finances to the Group shall be limited to the member's subscription.


  From time to time, a newsletter will be produced and circulated to all paid up members of the Group.


  Meetings shall be held at a regular interval, time and place, except during the months of June to August. 

An Annual General Meeting will be held and adequate notice will be given to Group members. 

  Matters requiring a vote by the membership shall be decided by a simple majority of those attending the meeting, provided a quorum is present. The quorum shall be ten (10) members or fifty-one percent (51%) of the membership, whichever is the lesser. The Chair of the meeting shall not vote unless a tie is reached. The Chair shall then cast the deciding vote.

Application for Membership

  Application for membership must be submitted on a form supplied by an Officer of the Committee.


  Membership of the Group shall be open to anyone.  A junior member shall be any member under the age of eighteen years and will remain so during the year of the eighteenth birthday until the next subscription payment falls due. In all instances the Constitution and Rules operated by the Group are accepted.

Revocation of Membership

  The committee may expel any member from the Group for conduct and, of, actions which are considered not to be in the interests of the Group, or likely to bring the said Group into disrepute.

 Alterations to the Constitution

  Proposed additions or amendments to the constitution must be submitted in written form to the membership at least thirty days before an Annual General Meeting. Amendments or additions shall be passed by the consent of two-thirds (2/3) of the members present at the Annual General Meeting, provided that they form a quorum. In the event of a split vote the Chair shall have the casting vote.

September 1999